Chiefs extend lead at the top

2013-04-01 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Kaizer Chiefs brushed aside a helpless Bloemfontein Celtic side 3-0 in a PSL tie at Free State Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Goals from Kingston Nkhatha, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Josta Dladla secured Chiefs their 14th win of the season.

The Glamour Boys’ victory meant that they move seven points clear of fierce rivals Orlando Pirates, who played to a goalless draw on Saturday night.

The men from Bloemfontein started the game off the brighter of the two sides.

It was the men from Soweto, though, who opened the scoring in the 16th minute of the match through Nkhatha.

The Zimbabwean striker benefited from some great work from Tshabalala, whose miscued shot fell into the path of Nkatha. The striker made no mistake from close range to give his side the lead.

Morgan Gould seemed to have handled the ball inside the area in the 21st minute of the game. The referee though adjudged the defender to be outside the area.

Letladi Madubanya unleashed a fierce shot on goal from the resulting free-kick, but Itumeleng Khune was up to the task.

Eric Mathoho had a great chance to score in the 34th minute, getting on the end of a Tshabalala corner, but the defender was unable to hit the target with his header.

Celtic had a great chance to draw level just four minutes before the break. Lennox Bacela made a good run down the right flank and played a dangerous ball into the area, but Joel Mogorosi could not manage to reach the ball.

Chiefs went into the break one goal to the good despite Celtic looking the more dangerous of the two sides.

Phunya Sele Sele started the second stanza the stronger of the two sides, pushing forward and looking to grab an equaliser.

However, Tshabalala doubled the away side’s lead in the 64th minute of the game.

Bernard Parker played the ball into the path of an unmarked Tshabalala on the edge of the area, and the midfielder’s shot took a wicked deflection off Dominic Isaacs and ended in the back of the net.

Josta Dladla added insult to injury in the last minute of the game, scoring from close range to secure the victory for the Soweton giants.

The second-half substitute combined with fellow replacement Lehlohonolo Majoro to extend their lead to three.

RESULTS

Friday:

Ajax Cape Town 0-0 AmaZulu

Moroka Swallows 1-0 Free State Stars

Saturday:

Golden Arrows 1-2 Wits

Platinum Stars 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns

SuperSport United 3-2 Black Leopards

Orlando Pirates 0-0 University of Pretoria

Yesterday:

Bloem Celtic 0-3 Kaizer Chiefs

Maritzburg United 2-0 Chippa United

LOG

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Chiefs 23 14 8 1 42 14 28 50

Pirates 22 12 7 3 28 13 15 43

Platinum 22 12 3 7 34 23 11 39

FS Stars 22 8 8 6 20 18 2 32

Wits 22 8 8 6 23 24 -1 32

S'Sport 22 6 13 3 25 19 6 31

Maritzburg 22 8 7 7 23 21 2 31

Celtic 22 8 5 9 23 26 -3 29

Swallows 22 8 4 10 31 33 -2 28

Tuks 22 5 12 5 21 20 1 27

Sundowns 22 5 9 8 17 19 -2 24

AmaZulu 22 5 9 8 12 24 -12 24

Arrows 22 6 5 11 21 26 -5 23

Leopards 22 4 8 10 26 38 -12 20

Ajax 21 4 7 10 18 32 -14 19

Chippa 22 3 7 12 17 31 -14 16

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